|1 day 20 hours ago||To be fair,||
Rich Rodriguez knows more about football defense than most fans. He also knows more about the importance of recruiting and how to recruit offensive linemen. That doesn't mean he always makes the right decisions regarding each of these. Al Borges has lots of experience with playcalling, but is not in any way infallible with it; he even admitted as much to Heiko.
|3 days 27 min ago||I dunno man.||
The Washington Redskins are pretty racist. At least unless they change their team mascot into a potato...
|3 weeks 2 days ago||Umm... okay...||
In the provided link, Brandon was very blunt in his opposition to putting Michigan and OSU in the same division because he wanted the opportunity to play OSU twice. He could have shaded that question like he shaded the last-game question, but chose not to. This, in conjunction with his suggestion that The Game can get moved back, leads me to conclude that he willfully hoped that The (regular-season) Game would get moved back, since there now is true motivation to move The Game back so as to prevent back-to-back games.
But even assuming that this wasn't Brandon giving his honest opinion on The Game, then that suggests he acts more like a self-serving politician than a Michigan representative. Then the (weaker) transitive property becomes:
1. Dave Brandon acts like a politician.
2. Some people don't like the way politicians act. Therefore,
3. Some people don't like Dave Brandon.
While people have to be more straw-grasping* to use the Politician label to not like Dave Brandon, it still doesn't require being a sheep of Brian.
*Many politicians act like politicians out of necessity, given that they can't be in a position to do the right thing without kissing ass to certain special interests. Please don't engage me in a political discussion regarding how right/wrong I am on this.
|3 weeks 3 days ago||Here:||
This is pretty self-explanatory:
|3 weeks 3 days ago||Dave Brandon was willing||
to sell out the date of The Game. Some Michigan fans want The Game to stay right where it is. Therefore, Some Michigan fans don't like Dave Brandon. The end.
This rationale didn't even require one single sniff of Brian's jockstrap.
|5 weeks 1 day ago||Mostly worried about the offense.||
Despite Jake Ryan's injury, I have confidence that the defense will be similar to last year, which I would take in a heartbeat. However, Michigan is starting a whole new interior line, and all of its run-game production just graduated. Gardner looked excellent against Minnesota and Iowa but looked like a first-year starter against OSU and South Carolina (wish Brian would do those UFRs to gain a little more insight on those games). His receivers are very serviceable, though I wish we had more size on the outside that we can count on in the starting lineup (would like to see Funchess or Darboh break out more in their roles).
Against this schedule, Michigan has 5 gimmes, 3 favored games, 2 coinflips, and 2 underdog games in my opinion. 9-3 seems to be reasonable until some question marks start to answer themselves.
|6 weeks 2 days ago||It's right here:||
|7 weeks 1 day ago||World Circuit Piston Honda||
won't get up if you hit him just as he steps in to do his signature move. I hope that hypothetical Louisville acts the same way.
|8 weeks 2 days ago||To be fair,||
I can get used to advertising in the stadium sooner than the clownification of the football jerseys. Neither of those options is best of all, though.
|8 weeks 2 days ago||Meteor.||
Because my bracket has Louisville in the Final Four anyway.
|9 weeks 2 days ago||(No subject)||
|10 weeks 22 hours ago||People should dress||
for the job they want. Unless all future Michigan athletes want to join the military, they should not be wearing camo. That is all.
|10 weeks 1 day ago||PS how do i put something||
The above looks like
<blockquote>PS how do i put something in those yellow quote boxes</blockquote>
in the plain text editor.
|10 weeks 5 days ago||I was expecting Muppets.||
But all I got were
MGOBLOG WAS READY FOR A CELEBRATION. I AGREE. AH HO, HO HO HO HO!
Yes, I know the image is terrible. Everything is terrible forever.
|11 weeks 3 days ago||Cautiously optimistic about Shop Class||
My main concerns are:
1) Dear Diary has done an excellent job of linking threads that are worth reading, and every past photoshop thread has been included (Seth feel free to tell me I'm wrong). If images start appearing on Twitter, it is assumed they will either be reposted into threads here (to then be linked by Dear Diary), picked up by BiSB in TWIT, or posted by Brian in UV. Compiling them into Shop Class may already be unnecessary unless this issue spurs MOAR PHOTOSHOPZ. In which case...
2) Quality may be lost from the quantity of recurring this issue. Sometimes images just beg to be photoshopped that produce downright brilliant results (see Taylor's Twosie, the phenomenon that is Lloyd Brady, Brian Photobomb, etc), and if this issue helps highlight more images like those I am 100% in support. I mainly hope that our collective standards of which images deserve to be photoshopped, MS Paint'd, captioned, meme'd or GIF'd don't lower just to create more content.
Still, Chunkums and Blazefire still do great work, and I like highlighting it if it's as good as what's in this post. Should be interesting to see this issue going forward.
|12 weeks 1 day ago||On the plus side,||
you didn't give "Blockhams with Dicks" much to work with in this comic.
On the minus side, they probably don't need to change it much.
My preferred comic: show all the characters melting down, as in either turning from solid to liquid or leaking radioactive waste.*
*Reactors that melt down have never leaked radioactive waste.
|12 weeks 2 days ago||On the flip side of the coin...||
...Michigan is now a football program whose assistants are good enough to get poached by schools like Oklahoma. Given that Hoke and Mattison are both Dline experts, losing Montgomery may be a blessing in disguise.
|12 weeks 5 days ago||First reference to Beyonce spot:||
Take it for the grain of salt that it's truly worth.
|13 weeks 2 days ago||Denard prevented 8-loss seasons each year?||
Well *bleep*, 2013 is going to be terrible. I can't imagine the MGoMeltdowns to erupt in the aftermath of a 4-8 season.
|14 weeks 3 days ago||Everything is still terrible.||
Everything is still terrible. No reason to alter my hatred of it yet.
|14 weeks 6 days ago||I hate everything forever.||
That is all.
|15 weeks 19 hours ago||Right here:||
Had myself convinced you'd want to show them both raising their arms to the sky, but contrast works well too.
|15 weeks 20 hours ago||I think this is the one you want:|
|15 weeks 4 days ago||Some food for thought:||
Would you be as supportive of Dave Brandon if the Michigan-OSU game was moved into October in 2011? Because Dave Brandon was in support of this move, and it took a biblical-style plague of Michigan and OSU fan protests before the motion was ended. So as a Michigan fan that feels very passionate about beating Ohio State each year, it's very hard for me to simply forget this idea that Dave Brandon worked to nearly kill the greatest rivalry in sports with very little benefit in return. Given Brian's passion for Michigan football, I imagine he agrees; therefore, it's hard to see Dave Brandon as the ideal leader of Michigan athletics.
Dave Brandon has done some right things at Michigan (the renovations come to mind, though Bill Martin was the primary catalyst for Crisler renovations). However, continuing to hear the message he represents (we want to ensure we make a lot of money for Michigan and the Big Ten) does bring about a big disconnect between the Michigan athletic department and the long-time fan of Michigan football.
|15 weeks 4 days ago||I took exception to that line too.||
I disagree with the continuation that it was the renovations and first night game that brought Michigan into the 21st century, and I disagree with the implication that Michigan was a decade behind modern programs (like Ohio State, given that it's an OSU blog making the statement). Not to mention there are plenty of things I don't want Michigan to do even if it makes them more "modern", like redesign its uniforms, sell out advertising to the extent of OSU, or vacate wins in successful seasons due to NCAA violations.
I did think it was a nice read, with some good insight from the man himself.
|15 weeks 5 days ago||After reading your username,||
I thought it was going to be written backwards.
On a more serious note, nice write-up.
|16 weeks 2 days ago||This thread is entitled||
This thread is entitled "Rich Rodriguez "Some Michigan Players Felt Entitled"."
|17 weeks 3 days ago||The sweet taste of||
|17 weeks 3 days ago||THE_KNOWLEDGE's retirement only lasted||
until the end of the 2012 football season. This message was foretold here.
Don't ever leave
|17 weeks 3 days ago||(No subject)||
|17 weeks 6 days ago||If 1997 credentials qualify,||
then GERG should interview for the position, given that he won the Super Bowl that year as the Broncos' D Coordinator.
|18 weeks 1 day ago||"Friday Fun" can work, but...||
...it seems to lack the descriptive nature of your previous title. Even keeping it the same would be fine, as it would act as an ode to the feature that evolved into the not-so-rough designs you generate each Friday (like a site lore of sorts, similar to Unverified Voracity). My preferred option would be making a play on the original title, like using "Friday Finals" or "Friday Finishes" to show that the Friday sketches are better quality than they used to be.
Other options that I don't like as much:
Friday Extra, Friday Bonus, Friday Shorts, Last Laugh, Blockham Fridays.
|18 weeks 5 days ago||I expected to lose a road Big Ten game.||
I have an extra sad that one such loss was Ohio State.
|20 weeks 23 hours ago||Never been a big fan of this argument.||
Newer jerseys can't be a bigger selling point for Michigan than having a traditional, iconic look that is easily identifiable with the winningest football program. Rather, the effect of changing the jerseys can't be as great as, say, upgrading the facilities, hiring coaches that are effective at recruiting/developing players, and improper benefits (Michigan shouldn't do the latter).
How does Michigan increase revenue to pay for such nice things? They shouldn't need to given Michigan has the highest revenue of any NCAA school, but if Dave Brandon won't take a salary cut to keep up with the Joneses, then they should try to sell advertising in the stadium. I honestly don't think this would create a bigger outrage from the fanbase than changing the uniforms, especially since every other school does this and it would make Michigan a lot of money that is otherwise not guaranteed when marketing more ugly-jersey merchandise. Yes, Brian and many MGoFaithful would be upset (myself included), but the casual fan won't care and neither would recruits.
|20 weeks 1 day ago||Michigan leads by 16 after 5-8 minutes.||
Should I feel disappointed when they only lead by 29 after 39 minutes?
Just got an idea for a First-World Problems meme.
|21 weeks 1 day ago||Agree mostly.||
The knocks against Denard mostly involve the team's (lack of) accomplishments while he was the starting QB, along with his turnover rate. Given that only those with (formerly) retired jerseys and Desmond Howard have legends jersey status (remember the patch has only existed for just over a year), there should be a waiting period before Denard gets any recognition (my guess is about 20 years after graduation). My main point is that Denard's list of individual accomplishments compare very favorably with others that are already legends, so come 20 years down the road he should be given strong consideration. And Charles Woodson, who is almost a lock for the next patch given the special treatment already being given to his jersey, and someone special with #1 so they can put a legends patch on that.
I think the reason why the legends patches were given out in the first place is to allow for more people to earn number recognition. (Now special numbers can be worn by current players, increasing the pool of number to select from for players.) That would mean players whose numbers would not have been retired can now be recognized as legends. There is clearly a point where it becomes gimmicky, but the question then becomes HOW exclusive the numbers are. Like, are 10 people in 133 years of Michigan football too many? If not, are there 9 players (including the 6 currently honored) more deserving than Denard? If so, who? What are their qualifications?
How would I do it? Use a waiting period (like 20 years), then give legends patches to players that were great but very memorable (to the point of era-defining). Denard fits that profile; so does Rick Leach, Charles Woodson, and (probably) everyone else that has already been honored. Hopefully, it doesn't become too biased towards QBs and offensive players. I'd like to see Kovacs honored in a way that recognizes All-Big Ten player that started as a walk-on; sadly, I don't think you can give him a Legends patch.
|21 weeks 1 day ago||I hope they make Denard a Michigan legend.||
He has easily as many Heisman-caliber moments as Desmond Howard in his career, and with the number of individual records he has set (along with the chance to break the QB rushing record in the bowl game), he deserves it. No big ten championship sucks, but that's a team award, and our other Michigan legends didn't have to learn a new system in their career (not at QB, anyway). Given that Denard presided over the team that turned the program from the Rodriguez years into a program with a BCS bowl victory, an Ohio State victory, and a winning record against Notre Dame, Denard has plenty of team-related notables such that his lack of big ten championship should not be the deciding factor.
Most importantly, unless Michigan hires another Rich Rodriguez as its coach, there will never be another quarterback like Denard at Michigan. There doesn't have to be given the amount of talent from past (and hopefully future) Michigan teams, but a runner anywhere near as proficient as Denard with his strong arm will probably not be recruited by Hoke or used as a runner from the QB position. Before anyone mentions how uniqueness is not necessary a legendary trait, I would argue that Rick Leach should also become a Michigan legend (if they're not retiring his jersey) because his career was also prolific and whose career is memorable in its own right. I would also argue that Desmond Howard would not be a legend unless he won the Heisman, which takes more luck than skill and luck should not be a notable factor when deciding future Michigan legends.
Hopefully, responses against Denard's legend status will have more insight than "nuh-uh".
|22 weeks 1 day ago||WORST. MAYAN. CALENDAR. EVER.||
WORST. MAYAN. CALENDAR. EVER.
|22 weeks 2 days ago||Honest question||
Why hasn't Dave Brandon started selling advertising in Michigan Stadium? It would probably make Michigan more money than another new jersey for compulsive fans to buy. It would probably also create less of an overall backlash than changing the jerseys. (I mean how many places have no advertising in their football stadium? Surely Michigan can do the simple things to keep up with the Joneses AMIRITE?)
Note that I detest both Michigan's frequent changing of jerseys and the idea of selling advertising in the stadium. Yet it's baffling to me that the away (and sometimes the home) jerseys are fair game to change each week while advertising in Michigan stadium is taboo.
|23 weeks 1 day ago||4-year Statute of Limitations||
Plus, one man's word against another isn't enough for investigators to find wrongdoing. But yeah, I'm surprised that nothing came out of it when he tried to cooperate with the NCAA back in 2004.
|23 weeks 2 days ago||LIES!||
THE_KNOWLEDGE does not make predictions.
|23 weeks 2 days ago||Cherrypicking||
|23 weeks 3 days ago||In fact it's completely opposite.||
The boards are easier on people with dissenting views than before because negbangs don't have any lasting effect. Unless you call "reduced karma" a punishment, but it seems like many readers read collapsed posts anyway, especially to make sense of responses that aren't collapsed. So yeah, it's definitely untrue regarding Hoke being beyond criticism.
But my point is that posters should get judged for what they post now rather than what they have posted before, since people can and should be allowed to change their ways. In this thread, HD focused exclusively on the now rather than the past, which people can self-moderate or respond to without the mods needing to step in and diffuse a political/Rodriguez debate. I have a strong feeling that this was Profit's rationale behind why he didn't try to diffuse HD here, and I do agree with him. Yet it seems that, because HD's past involves meltdowns about RR's firing and ANGAR in general, you want enforcement on this thread towards HD, not the posters that are TRYING to stir the pot when citing his past Rodriguez-firing meltdowns. It's not like HD hasn't been punished before; he was nuked pretty hard by the mods in at least one instance.
|23 weeks 3 days ago||Did HD mention Rodriguez?||
Or even mention that Hoke receives different treatment now than Rodriguez received in his first year? Not in this thread, he didn't; his words have only gone to point out that it's ridiculous for the coaches to be above criticism. This I'm inclined to agree with, though others have made good points about "Norfleet may not be the future for Michigan's starting RB."
Honestly, is it a bad thing that MGoBlog is becoming more open to dissenting opinions than it was under Rodriguez?
|24 weeks 1 day ago||Brian may be MGoBlog's version of The Joker.||
Crazy laugh in MGoPodcast 4.4, plus I can imagine him telling us "You're all going to show your true colors when the chips are down (when Michigan-OSU gets moved into early October). See I'm not a monster; I'm just ahead of the curve."
|24 weeks 1 day ago||(No subject)|
|24 weeks 3 days ago||75-63 Michigan||
|24 weeks 3 days ago||75-72 Michigan||
Michigan wins it with a buzzer beater from Stauskas as Duke's players all don WMU uniforms and attempt to hijack the game.
|25 weeks 1 day ago||I think that's a new grade||
called 'F-star'. It's given out to any OSU student athlete that will give their teacher sports equipment/memorabilia, and transitions an otherwise GPA-counted failing grade into a pass on a pass-fail scale.
|26 weeks 3 days ago||(No subject)|
|26 weeks 3 days ago||38-35 Good Guys.||
|26 weeks 4 days ago||Good movie||
First song was a little eh, but otherwise very nice.
|26 weeks 4 days ago||Given Dave Brandon's stance on division alignment,||
that vote is even worse (11-1/13-1).
|27 weeks 17 hours ago||Curses.||
I was hoping this comment would show up as (Score:5 Informative).
|27 weeks 18 hours ago||There were a ton of problems with the 2010 defense.||
"Kovacs" was very low on that list.
|27 weeks 18 hours ago||(No subject)||
|27 weeks 2 days ago||Not sure if this deserves an||
|27 weeks 3 days ago||Spaceballs reference for the win.||
Michigan 18 Iowa 7.
|27 weeks 3 days ago||(No subject)||
|28 weeks 5 days ago||No.||
No. One good performance against Minnesota should not decide who the starting QB is. Recall that Sheridan looked good against Minnesota in 2008.
|28 weeks 5 days ago||Those are homophones.||
Homonyms are two separate words with the same spelling and pronounciation, like the noun and verb versions of "fly." Homophones only share pronounciation, like with "eek" and "eke."
|28 weeks 6 days ago||That's what I do.||
Perhaps if I refresh the browser after saving my comment...
|29 weeks 2 hours ago||Another attempt at embedding...||
|29 weeks 1 day ago||Mostly PC||
Mostly PC, but I own both versions of the game.
|29 weeks 1 day ago||Best Wishes!||
It's gotta be a pain to come from celebrating Michigan's 2012 12-2 Big Ten championship season and Rose Bowl victory, just to find an alternate universe where Denard's elbow explodes and Michigan loses 3 games. May I hope that the future from whence you came is unaltered, while I hope that Michigan's season isn't doomed.*
*The last time THE_KNOWLEDGE made his farewell was in 2010.
|29 weeks 3 days ago||Interesting diary.||
Can't wait to see what the team pulls out to crown Ohio State.
|31 weeks 3 days ago||Did it work?||
Did it work?
|31 weeks 3 days ago||(No subject)|
|31 weeks 3 days ago||The last thing I want||
is Disney snatching more of Brian's people up.
|31 weeks 4 days ago||I blame the Free Press.||
I blame the Free Press.
|32 weeks 1 day ago||(No subject)||
|32 weeks 5 days ago||This is LSUFreek-quality.||
|33 weeks 1 day ago||(No subject)||
|33 weeks 2 days ago||(No subject)||
|33 weeks 2 days ago||Michigan 26, Purdue 12||
Michigan gets 3 TDs, and Purdue gets 3 1-point safeties from the extra-point attempts; these are the irregularities that THE_KNOWLEDGE has foretold. Michigan also adds 2 field goals and a safety, while Purdue gets 3 field goals.
Afterwards, Michigan cruises to an 11-3 season, with Michigan winning the Big Ten but losing to Arizona in the Rose Bowl.
|33 weeks 6 days ago||Add both Notre Dame games.||
That makes 5 games out of 11 BCS opponents that Michigan has played with an inconsistent-at-best offensive gameplan. Even worse if you remove bad Big Ten teams like 2011 Minnesota from the sample size.
|34 weeks 16 hours ago||Playing Devil's Advocate||
2 of those wins (ND and Sugar Bowl) were about as improbable as improbable wins come by, and weren't really influenced by the offensive gameplan. Also, last year's schedule was very favorable, with the only marquis road game being MSU and playing down OSU and okay Nebraska teams at home.
OTOH, the offense looked brilliant against both Nebraska and OSU last year, which Borges deserves credit for.
|34 weeks 4 days ago||I think it was more the poor clock-managing||
at the end of each half. It seemed like we couldn't decide whether to try to score points at the end of the first half until after allowing 30 seconds to run off for nothing. The last possession Michigan had was also poor clock managing, given that we knew we needed 2 scores to tie/win yet we let 4 minutes out of 7 left run off the clock.
During the rest of the game, clock management wasn't really an issue, though this game can be used as an illustration of how useless time of possession is.
|34 weeks 4 days ago||Yards gained against a first-team defense||
are not garbage yards, regardless of how much you desire them to be.
|34 weeks 5 days ago||The defenses Denard faced||
were overall better in 2010 than in 2011. 3 teams Michigan played that year went 11-1. Though perhaps 2012 would look substantially better had we not played Alabama...
|34 weeks 5 days ago||One turnover was at the end of the half.||
That was a chuck-and-pray attempt that had absolutely no impact on the outcome of the game, because the alternative was to essentially take a knee. So really there was only 5 turnovers of significance.
|34 weeks 5 days ago||It was Denard's first year starting as QB.||
First-year starting QBs tend to make horrible decisions. What's your point?
|34 weeks 5 days ago||Assuming he regressed from last year||
to this year, you're right. But if he's as good as he was last year at throwing the ball, we figured out a way to turn a loss into a win BECAUSE of the jump ball against Notre Dame. If the latter, the coaches should have let Gardner/Funchess make a play against a weak secondary. If the former, Hoke needs to get a better quarterbacks coach.
|35 weeks 3 days ago||A 99-yard TD run.||
Denard breaks his own record for longest TD run in South Bend.
|37 weeks 1 day ago||Just proves Internet Rule #34.||
"If it exists, there is a porn for it."
Good work Blockhams for existing enough for Rule #34 to apply.
|38 weeks 21 hours ago||Denard's 87-yard run against Notre Dame||
was a huge "OMG DENARD I LOVE YOU NO HOMO" moment for me, despite the fact that his blocking was arguably better than the run itself.
|38 weeks 2 days ago||Just added to the Hall of Fame.||
Linked the original thread. Blackgandhi definitely outdid him/herself with this one.
|38 weeks 4 days ago||Fine, I'll become more stationary.||
My point is "it makes no sense to criticize Rodriguez for running Denard 15% more times than Hoke."
Your first argument is "An extra 30 carries made the team worse. Everyone agrees." This cannot possibly be true because 'everyone' doesn't have a baseline to compare the margin between what the team accomplished in 2010 vs what the team could have accomplished had Denard not ran the ball those 30 extra carries. So irrelevant.
Next, your argument of "Michigan established a more consistent threat from the RB spot" completely glances over the personnel that were available to each coach. Most people agree that Vincent Smith in 2010 was less of a threat at running back as Toussaint in 2011. Thus, running Denard more to compensate for Vincent's inadequacies would make sense. Likewise, running Denard less to give a talent like Toussaint more of the workload would also make sense.
But what about Denard's health? Last year, there was a large dropoff between Denard and his backup, so keeping him healthy by running him less than in 2010 made sense. With an experienced QB in Tate behind Denard in 2010 (perhaps Rodriguez failed by not leaving Tate as #2 on the depth chart the whole season, but he has to be allowed to discipline players for violating team rules), having Denard get injured was not nearly as detrimental in 2010 as it would have been in 2011. Thus, Denard running 15% more carries with a capable backup would be okay; in retrospect, Tate performed admirably in limited time in 2010.
So how big was the difference between Denard and Tate in 2010 versus Denard and Devin in 2011? On paper, an experienced starter should be less of a dropoff than an inexperienced starter. From the eye test, Tate in 2010 simply looked like he could play better than Devin in 2011. I'd subjectively argue that a 15% reduction in carries is less than the difference in skill level between 2010 Tate and 2011 Devin. From this standpoint in a vacuum, Hoke and staff let Denard run the ball too much. (Caveat: I do not think Hoke and staff failed by any means. I will argue that running Denard 26 times against Eastern wasn't necessary, and goes against the notion that Hoke was trying to preserve Denard more than Rodriguez. But 11-2 with great performances against Illinois, Nebraska, and OSU suggest I shouldn't get strung out about it.)
Hopefully that clears things up. I mostly don't like your post and think it's in the same line of posts/comments that have piled on Rodriguez for the things that he actually did well while at Michigan. I'd rather see posters not discuss Rodriguez since that was a dark time and all, but if they HAVE to, dog him for his bad decisions on the defensive side of the ball and somewhat-questionable priorities in recruiting.
|38 weeks 4 days ago||Toussaint wasn't available||
during the 2010 season. Vincent Smith got plenty of carries in 2010, but wasn't anywhere near the threat that Denard was when running the football (hence why they stopped running the zone read with Denard and Vincent). I'm not sure why you can pin that on Rodriguez's inability to coach, given that he didn't have a 1000-yard rusher in addition to Denard just waiting to get put into the game. Rodriguez ran Brandon Minor and Carlos Brown plenty in 2008 and 2009 when, you know, they were the best runners on the roster.
Note also that Rodriguez had Tate Forcier in the wings, so it was okay to run Denard more in 2010. From that standpoint, only a 15% reduction in carries is a failure on the new coaching staff, who didn't have a solid backup QB that could step in for Denard (it should have been more like a 50% reduction).
|38 weeks 6 days ago||ALL THE POINTS!!!!||
Where's the obligatory +1,000,000 from the mods for this?
|39 weeks 1 day ago||Uh... what?||
No, the reason the App State game is made such a huge deal of on this board is because Michigan was a top-5 team with national title hopes that lost to an FCS team. Feel free to reread Brian's UFR of that game for specific reasons why it was outrageous. Especially the defense, which schemed right into App State's brilliant Goliath-beating gameplan of "run basic zone read plays with less-talented players."
Look at the other thread about Carr advising Weinke to go to Iowa. The "Carr did the right thing to put the players first" comments are plussed much more than the "Carr was wrong to undermine the program" comments. Case and point.
|41 weeks 7 min ago||Still-OT continuation of discussion||
Interesting point about the Wookies; if it was developed in the books that the Wookies were too advanced a race then they can't be used in RotJ. OTOH if this is Lucas making up an excuse to the media to justify replacing them then I see it as a moneygrab. This is the narrative I believe until proven otherwise because I watched Ewok Adventures as a kid, so Lucas succeeded in that regard. Then the real question is how reasonable it is for the Ewoks to make THAT much a difference since the Rebellion strike team was tiny compared to the Empire's legion. The only other time the main characters did that was when the Empire let them go on the Death Star, which seems more plausible than in Jedi.
Luke started the movie as a badass; he didn't grow into it as the movie unfolded. He had the opportunity to, but his entire scene with the Emperor didn't allow for anything to happen. Luke was challenged with "Strike me down and your training will be complete, making you an agent of the Dark Side" and he said "I was going to but then you told me that was a bad thing to do, so I'm going to pass". Admittedly, I wouldn't have minded the Ewoks as much had the Emperor scene been something interesting to focus on, since Admiral Ackbar didn't have enough memorable dialogue during that part of the movie. I'll give you Han/Leia in the tree city though; that was at least something interesting.
I completely agree with you that Lucas screwed Anakin out of character, though it's tough to grow into something when the previous two movies gave him nothing to work with. Yet I still managed to feel grief for his impossible situation: either stay as a Jedi and let Padme die or become a Sith lord and try to save her (but then kill her because of the self-fulfilling prophecy; I agree that Oedipus did it better). Honestly, I didn't want to see him become Vader because that meant Jedi (other characters) were going to die. It didn't matter if it was by his hand or not because I didn't respect his character in any way.
Now if the books had Anakin/Vader as a bigger badass that slaughtered Jedi left and right following his turning I can see the very strong objection to this movie. I can also understand the objection behind not following the true chosen one's path (remember that one kid in the temple that actually resisted for about 10 seconds? the books developed him as being the true chosen one, and Qui-Gon/Obiwan were wrong), and others. I also understand many objections people had about the dialogue in Episode III, but as mentioned before Episode VI had plenty of bad dialogue in its own right. Too often I find people that judge Jedi and Sith based on the great and terrible things its predecessors did rather than look at each movie in a vacuum; when I do that I have to put Sith ahead of Jedi, and that's even while hoping Ole Miss adopts Admiral Ackbar as their mascot. I'll admit it's not by much, which only seeks to prove that the (majority of the) Star Wars franchise is way overrated.
|41 weeks 12 hours ago||You're probably right,||
but nothing that you cited is actually a crucial plot element that the entire movie is hinged upon. Without the Ewoks and their ability to win the Battle of Endor, Return of the Jedi falls apart. Hence, the Ewoks are the more egregious error. Lucas initially wanted to use Wookies instead of Ewoks, which would have been easier to understand the Rebels' success. However, because he wanted to make more money by appealing to children, he sacrificed quality.
More relevant are arguments pertaining to the strong characters from Jedi versus the weak characters and dialogue of Revenge of the Sith. The reason why I dismiss this is because there was very little character development in Return of the Jedi; the main characters had already grown to their max in the other two movies (which were better), while Revenge of the Sith was actually made worse because of the mistakes made in Episodes I and II. Meanwhile, Revenge of the Sith puts Anakin in the role as a tragic hero from a Shakespearean tragedy, where we know where the story starts and stops before watching the movie yet hope 1) he doesn't become Darth Vader, and 2) most of the Jedi don't get killed off. In a vacuum, this is a much more compelling story arc than what Return of the Jedi has to offer.
|41 weeks 1 day ago||/moans incomprehensibly about his QB situation||
Could it possibly have sounded like this?
|42 weeks 1 day ago||I have to disagree with you.||
I thought Revenge of the Sith was better than Return of the Jedi. It's close, but the workings of a Shakespearean tragedy has to be taken more seriously than the best legion of stormtroopers getting defeated by a bunch of teddy bear-like Ewoks.
|42 weeks 2 days ago||2-time high school chess champion.||
3rd-place Mathletic finish in middle school, worthy of $100.
|42 weeks 5 days ago||(No subject)||
|43 weeks 1 hour ago||Rich Rod deserves a little more credit than that,||
given that he was the only D1 coach in the country willing to recruit Denard to play quarterback. Why RR revisionists insist on glancing over this fact I have no clue.
|43 weeks 2 days ago||(No subject)||
|43 weeks 2 days ago||Newsflash:||
This isn't 2003. Geico jokes aren't funny.
|43 weeks 2 days ago||Obligatory GIF||
|43 weeks 2 days ago||Tempting fate?||
|43 weeks 3 days ago||Added original "RollDamnTide exposed" thread||
to the Hall-of-Fame. Hopefully this will reduce the number of questions about why he stopped posting a month ago.
|45 weeks 23 hours ago||I'm still waiting for the NCAA||
I'm still waiting for the NCAA version of NFL Blitz.
|45 weeks 2 days ago||One correction||
Our field goal kicking was fairly decent in 2009, when Olesnavage went 11/15 on field goal attempts, including 9/10 from 30 or more yards. But yeah, 2010 was awful.
|46 weeks 2 days ago||Thread title alert:||
|46 weeks 3 days ago||If Michigan can beat Ohio||
while managing to lose all its other games, the universe will tear itself apart.
|46 weeks 5 days ago||A few bullets:||
No spoilers on how people are in real life.
|47 weeks 4 days ago||9 field goals?||
We're gonna need a whole lot of these:
|48 weeks 1 hour ago||Skip Bayless||
won't talk about no bubble screens.
|48 weeks 1 day ago||There are 32 NFL teams||
because the NFC Norris allows them to exist.
|48 weeks 4 days ago||HTTV reviews||
are worthy of their own thread. Another review I just read:
|49 weeks 3 days ago||I am leaving work.||
I am leaving work.
I can't contribute much now.
Next time start sooner.
|49 weeks 4 days ago||Einstein disagrees||
Re: Conservation of Mass.
By discovering E=mc^2, he showed that energy can be converted into mass and vice versa, thus disproving the Law of Conservation of Mass.
The new version is the Law of Conservation of Energy and Mass, which states the total amount of mass and energy in the universe is constant. So long as The Hulk can convert energy into mass in transformation, he does not violate this law.
|50 weeks 1 day ago||Conference paper submission||
then writing an abstract for another conference. Then...
I'll let you know after looking at the pictures on my phone.
|50 weeks 2 days ago||No.||
Given that Michigan's streak of 100,000+ viewers continued throughout the Rodriguez years, not appreciably.
|50 weeks 2 days ago||Fake 15-yd snap time of .69 seconds?||
4 fakes out of 5. Article says most NFL teams allocate 1.08 seconds of snap time for the long-snapper.
|50 weeks 2 days ago||They're doing a poor job at it then.||
Why haven't they sold advertising in Michigan stadium?
|50 weeks 3 days ago||Dave Brandon baffles me.||
Does his job involve public relations, like, at all? Or is he simply trying to maximize revenue? If the latter, then he should be selling advertising in Michigan stadium because that's a free source of income for the athletic department. If there's even an ounce of public relations in his job description, then calling out naysayers for preventing Michigan from "being relevant" doesn't help him accomplish this goal.
|50 weeks 3 days ago||Ace could probably help you out||
since the 2013 recruiting class is expected to fill up by the end of the week. #NotReallyButNotInconceivableEither
|50 weeks 4 days ago||Minor quibble||
Hoke is in his fifties; his age was one of the concerns fans had about him being hired. I support him 100% as Michigan's coach, but Hoke is not young.
Your other points still stand, however.
|50 weeks 4 days ago||There goes my contribution||
to the discussion.
|51 weeks 17 hours ago||Found out I passed Quals.||
So dinner then drinking.
|1 year 1 day ago||It turns out that||
real coaches get triple the salary of not-real coaches.
|1 year 2 days ago||No.||
Currently, you have to be a mod to successfully lower someone's point total.
|1 year 2 days ago||Mark Hollis' Twitter account||
Mark Hollis' Twitter account should take Hollis out of the running.
|1 year 3 days ago||That, or...||
...those uniforms looked ugly for reasons pertaining to, you know, how they looked rather than a strawman reason such as their performance on the field.
|1 year 1 week ago||The new Michigan football helmet:||
In honor of Denard Robinson, every future Michigan football player will receive a helmet with dreds sticking out the back. The football team will then be forever referred to as the Michigan Predators.
|1 year 1 week ago||I'll post the obvious snarky alternate uniform...||
All it would take is a new tv contract with ESPN to get these, since Disney owns the rights to both.
|1 year 1 week ago||Have the coaches||
come out and said that they are in support of new Michigan jerseys? Have the coaches come out and said they want to play postseason games in warm weather? If you're reading this Heiko, this might be something worth asking at the next press conference; start with Al Borges in case this question only makes the coaches dislike you more.
At this point, I actually want Dave Brandon to start selling advertising in the stadium for Football Saturdays because it would be about as confrontational to the idea of Michigan tradition as he could be. It would also be a direct challenge to Ann Arbor Torch and Pitchfork to see if they (we) would actually do something to protest certain methods the AD could use to make money for Michigan football. Right now, I'm convinced that Dave Brandon will be able to make Michigan Football Saturdays as generic as professional sports by the end of the decade.
|1 year 1 week ago||On the flip side of the coin,||
if "the biggest upset in sports history" were to happen again, Michigan would be the winning team this time around. So I can't help but hope that history repeats itself. I wonder what 2-word phrase would be used to describe that level of jubilation; the best thing I can think of is "The Day Muppets Crashed MGoBlog."
|1 year 2 weeks ago||Sounds like a nice event.||
Wait... DAVE BRANDON IS INVOLVED? THIS MUST BE PART OF HIS DASTARDLY PLAN TO MILK EVERY DOLLAR OUT OF THE MICHIGAN FANBASE! OUTRAGE!!!!
|1 year 3 weeks ago||The biggest issue||
with "The Process" that made it suboptimal (even if Hoke turns out to be the next Bo Schembechler-level idol at Michigan) is the resulting recruiting class that Hoke was forced with in 2011. While it wasn't the half-filled smoking crater it easily could have been, it was still the worst-ranked recruiting class Michigan has ever taken in the star era.
Had Hoke been something less than amazing in the first month, the class is probably unranked and players would have been more likely to transfer. OTOH if Brandon had known Hoke was going to succeed as much as he has so far, he could have hired Hoke sooner and allowed him to obtain an even better recruiting class in 2011. Thus, "The Process" was flawed, but only time will tell before it's known how "The Process" affected the 2011 recruiting class.
|1 year 3 weeks ago||I mean those statements||
are a little contradictory (saying a 4-team playoff is bad, then saying a 4-team not-playoff that still functions like a playoff is okay), but I can at least see how Dave Brandon could have made an honest mistake in clarifying his own opinion in each case. Calling out MGoBlog for misrepresenting his position on the date of The Game, when he supplied the quote on considering moving The Game back, was much worse.
|1 year 4 weeks ago||Nailed this one.||
This is probably the perfect response that doesn't attempt to recognize vacated wins while still honoring the Fab Five for their impact at Michigan.
Now time to log onto my fake profile and criticize this opinion that Dave Brandon gave while twirling my thin moustache and dropping kittens off bridges while giving my meniacal laugh... I mean go back to work.
|1 year 4 weeks ago||Couldn't tell if joking...||
Had to Google FSU's school of criminal justice to see that people weren't making jokes about getting arrested.
|1 year 4 weeks ago||This should be a comment||
in a thread about selling Michigan adhesive tape in Ohio. In addition, 'rivarly' is spelled wrong in the title.
|1 year 4 weeks ago||We are in agreement if such is the case.||
Now I'd prefer it if Dave Brandon said that himself or otherwise indicated it somehow, but if that turns out to be true then I will be more sympathetic towards Dave Brandon. Sadly, I won't believe this rumormongering until something with a little more substance comes out.
|1 year 4 weeks ago||Define "much".||
Ohio State will be playing a meaningless season as the result of being on bowl probation. A Michigan win there has the stakes of "Michigan didn't lose to OSU," which is admittedly big in the eyes of Michigan but less big than years where OSU is also contending for a Big Ten Championship. If OSU is favored then The Game gets bigger, but as of right now Michigan is favored since OSU will be learning a new system.
Alabama is coming off a national championship win riding the SEC high as the best team in the best conference in the country. Michigan will go into that game expected to lose for various reasons mostly attributed to great recruiting and oversigning by Alabama, giving them a more talented roster. Winning that game, however, would be bigger from a national perspective than beating OSU because Michigan would then be looking at a possible #1 ranking with big ten title and national championship hopes.
Saying the Alabama game doesn't compare to the OSU game next year is ludicrous. Unless you think there is essentially zero chance Michigan beats Alabama. If that's the case it sends an awful message to the nation that Michigan is too cheap to commit its financial resources that it SAID IT WOULD COMMIT to support its own football team.
|1 year 4 weeks ago||(No subject)||
|1 year 4 weeks ago||Honestly,||
I hope that a big-money donor doesn't bail out Dave Brandon here. If Brandon makes a public statement saying the department screwed up the budget and didn't account for the band, I would probably be more forgiving and hope that a Ross-type comes forward to pay for travel expenses. Until that happens, I'd prefer it be the good will of Brandon to make it all better with the pile of money he's receiving to even play this game.
|1 year 4 weeks ago||This argument would make more sense||
if the $400,000 was enough to make a serious impact on the 2012 budget. Given that the 2012 budget already expects an $11-million surplus, it doesn't.
Unless the AD has a specific project in mind that he needs all of the $11-million surplus to go towards that isn't already included in the budget. I'd be willing to listen to that, but I feel that it's time for the AD to justify his actions when this budget also includes
1) raising the per-ticket price for a home slate that got worse this year compared to last at a per-game basis, and
2) sold off a home game to the highest bidder.
|1 year 4 weeks ago||True that.||
Though it's finals weekend at Michigan and the weather is nice outside. Either Dave Brandon is an evil genius bent on keeping Michigan fans distracted from his master plan to screw the band over or there are plenty of outside forces to keep Michigan fans from feeling outraged. Tomorrow is another day, however.
Edit: Did I seriously need a /s tag for that?
|1 year 4 weeks ago||Not sure if serious...||
...because the petition definitely says "Cowboy Classic" all over it. Unless it used to say "Cotton Bowl Classic" before getting edited, but the petition is fine now. However, the other thread thought the petition wasn't very credible either, given that
1) the creator's credibility is suspect,
2) the wording seems to suggest some form of social injustice when the issue is simpler than that (contract has seats for them, AD sold out game for money grab, etc), and
3) 400,000 signatures is incredibly unlikely without bot spamming.
I'd be completely in favor of signing a revised version of the petition, but exam review is preventing me from taking the initiative.
|1 year 4 weeks ago||This is wrong.||
Michigan normally has 9 away games in a 2-year span, with the band attending 3 of them. That is, 1/3 of all away games that Michigan plays in has the band in attendance, which is more than the 1/4 that you cite.
When you assume one bowl game each year (reasonable given that we're not making a major transition), and that fraction increases to 5 out of 11 (nearly half).
When you take into consideration that this game will give about as much exposure for Michigan as the UTL game, there is a lot of incentive to have the band at the game.
|1 year 4 weeks ago||Based on what?||
Any reasoning behind why you think this is the case? Or is this just some hunch because the AD has already shown a trend of changing traditions at Michigan for the sake of making more money*?
*Yes I know it's not a Michigan tradition for the AD to front the bill for the band's travel costs, but it's also not a Michigan tradition to sell out a home game for the sake of making a money-grab. It's also not a tradition to lie about how money is the reason why we can't send the band when the public can see and read the AD budget for this year.
|1 year 4 weeks ago||(No subject)||
|1 year 4 weeks ago||Done.||
|1 year 5 weeks ago||Uh...||
It's definitely possible to have percentages greater than 100 because he was citing an increase. Any quantity that more than doubles will increase by more than 100%.
</7th-grade math lesson>
|1 year 5 weeks ago||Easily a Hall-of-Fame GIF.||
Adding a "1 +1000000" section so this gets the recognition it deserves.
|1 year 6 weeks ago||Michigan definitely has basketball tradition without the Fab 5.||
Michigan easily gets placed in the top 20 all-time best basketball programs in the country. In fact, if Michigan doesn't have basketball tradition, neither does MSU because historically the two teams are essentially equivalent to one another after vacating the Fab Five and including Izzo's run as their coach.
|1 year 8 weeks ago||http://bit.ly/HjfFjO|
|1 year 10 weeks ago||A 4-seed?||
BEAT OHIO! (surprised Michigan is not a 3-seed)
|1 year 12 weeks ago||Selling jerseys in America?||
I think the United States has changed the tide on soccer. Hell, Americans are starting to believe in them. Never in a million years I would have thought that. Selling US jerseys is a good start.
|1 year 12 weeks ago||To state the obvious,||
Michigan was ranked in the top 5 with national title hopes when The Horror happened, while Michigan was projected as a 6-6 team at best when the Toledo game happened.
|1 year 12 weeks ago||Class of '05 here||
though I attended Dow.
|1 year 13 weeks ago||Your post is MLive-caliber.||
Blanket statements like "The offense was bad against good teams" are the reason why MLive exists. Brian takes the time to UFR each game to figure out just what the team is good and bad at doing. Using the information that he obtained from his analysis in 2010, he concluded that the offense was great at moving the ball forward against every team Michigan went up against last year (against Mississippi State, Michigan was about average), which boded well for Michigan if the following 3 things happened in 2011 (in a theoretical year under Rodriguez):
1) Michigan gets better starting field position, reducing the number of yards Michigan's offense needs to score points,
2) Michigan improves its field goal kicking, reducing the number of empty possessions, and
3) Michigan turned the ball over less.
Of these, only (3) can be pinned directly on the offense, which Brian decided could have been a problem with the coaching/scheme but could also have been a problem with having young players playing at skill positions (*cough* first-year starting QB *cough*). Ergo, Michigan's offense was very effective and had the potential of becoming elite in the near future.
You OTOH cite an "obvious pattern" of "not putting up any numbers" which, like, what? What are these "numbers" you're talking about? Touchdowns? I guess; since Michigan fell behind, they must not have been scoring points. Yet Michigan still had plenty of sustained drives against even their most difficult opponents in the first half of games but did not score touchdowns due to the above 3 factors. So from my--and Brian's--point-of-view, Michigan sustained plenty of numbers throughout every game against every opponent. Ergo, Michigan's offense was very effective.
|1 year 13 weeks ago||Legends/Leaders Division names suck.||
Just about anything that is either a normal division name or true about the Big Ten would work better. Heck, East/West doesn't need to ensure that schools align in the east or west (see: lack of public outrage over the Dallas Cowboys in the NFC East or Indianapolis Colts in the AFC South).
|1 year 13 weeks ago||In other news,||
WE LANDED ON THE MOON!
|1 year 13 weeks ago||If every gif||
was half as funny as this gif, I would never leave the internet.
|1 year 14 weeks ago||Was the Iowa recap posted yet?||
I tried clicking the link and it said "Page not found." I mean I have no memories of what happened that day; perhaps the game was never played.
|1 year 15 weeks ago||Brady has 300 yards passing and 4 TDs.||
Manningham has 2 TD receptions.
Michigan wins the Super Bowl!
|1 year 15 weeks ago||Had to open this thread||
just to see what creative versions of "Cool Story Bro" would be posted. So far, not bad.
|1 year 16 weeks ago||The way I see it,||
The way I see it, "Buckle Up" is simply a way for MGoBlog users to pay homage to TomVH, since he was beloved so much while he was here and is still a great source for Michigan recruiting (albeit not free aside from his Twitter).
|1 year 16 weeks ago||Screwdriver.||
Vodka + OJ.
|1 year 16 weeks ago||Brian knows a thing or two||
|1 year 16 weeks ago||(No subject)||
|1 year 17 weeks ago||My understanding||
My understanding was that Lloyd Carr had the meeting to tell the players something along the lines of "I will no longer be the coach. This is not what you signed up for. So here are transfer papers; if you decide you want to leave, I will sign it for you right now." So "attempted to convince" is stronger language than what Lloyd Carr did. I mainly question Lloyd Carr's motive for calling a special meeting just to tell all his players they have the option to transfer, especially when the players should have already known that.
In any case, there's still stark contrast between what Lloyd Carr said to his players (for whatever motivation he had) and Rich Rodriguez said to his players, which was "Stay at Michigan, and give the new coaching staff a chance." This is attempting to convince the players to stay at Michigan, which, if we're going to follow the same logic as HouseThatYostBuilt, is not looking out for the players' best interests and wishes and should be bashed accordingly.
|1 year 17 weeks ago||Only anonymous testimony||
Only anonymous testimony is given from the players in the book regarding the transfer paper meeting; this is what I am citing. If a player did come forward in the book, it wouldn't matter because it sounds like you would not believe it since the book has enough flaws to be construed inaccurate and incapable of direct citation as a historical source. If this is true, there's no point in continuing this conversation.
My opinion is there is enough circumstantial evidence to believe most players at Michigan committed to play for Lloyd Carr rather than to play for Michigan, so using transfer papers to motivate a player to work harder only works if you're still the coach. If you're not the coach and you use the phrase "This isn't what you signed up for" to precede the offer to sign transfer papers, this is not a motivational tactic.
But that's just, like, my opinion, man. I'm not going to try to change yours; I expect you to do the same with others.
|1 year 17 weeks ago||Why the hate for Section 1?||
Is it because he can't use the words "Free Press" without stimulating the reflex to downvote him?
Edit: Post is no longer collapsed. Disregard.
|1 year 17 weeks ago||Please be consistent.||
Start a thread that bashes Rodriguez for not attempting to convince Denard Robinson, the army of short slot receivers, and the plethora of players recruited to play in his offensive system to transfer from Michigan. Wouldn't that have been in "his players' best interests and wishes"?
|1 year 17 weeks ago||Reading comprehension failure||
"he offered to sign transfer papers to anyone who wanted to leave" is not the same as "he signed transfer papers to x number of players."
Yes, many of us believe that Lloyd Carr was making a move that directly undermined the next coaching regime before Rodriguez even made it to Michigan. We don't know anything for sure, but 3 & Out suggests that many players left that meeting without the sense of motivation that you suggest Lloyd Carr may have been using.
|1 year 17 weeks ago||This thread probably violates||
This thread probably violates Brian's ban on Rich Rodriguez-related threads. Despite the title being about some guy named Loyd Carr, many of the words in that giant column of text imply that it's about Lloyd Carr with respect to Rich Rodriguez, which is still about Rich Rodriguez.
|1 year 17 weeks ago||And besides,||
the spread doesn't work in the Big Ten. Urban Meyer will have 3 disappointing seasons before getting fired, then OSU will try to get a defensive-minded coach that understands the Big Ten. Probably Mark Dantonio.
|1 year 17 weeks ago||Will he be remembered for being a football legend||
or for advancing a sex abuser's career? Sadly, the main reason it will probably be the former is because his death occurred so close to the Sandusky scandal.
|1 year 17 weeks ago||This should be a board post.||
I imagine that this might be discussed a little bit, but it almost certainly won't be the focus of hype that will surround the game. In fact, having the Ravens in the Super Bowl would give Greg Mattison plenty of influence over recruits on defense.
Any effect this theoretical matchup has on recruiting will be significantly dwarfed by the tv time that Michigan got in the night game against Notre Dame.
|1 year 18 weeks ago||I think Hoke has||
I think Hoke has changed the tide of the Rivalry. Hell, people in Ohio are starting to believe him. Never in a million years would I have imagined that. Selling Michigan jerseys [and beating OSU] is a good start.
|1 year 18 weeks ago||I think Beilein has||
I think Beilein has changed the tide of the Rivalry. Hell, rational Spartan fans in East Lansing are starting to believe him. Never in a million years would I have thought that. Closing the gap is a good start.
|1 year 18 weeks ago||My impressions from this game:||
|1 year 18 weeks ago||I still love the insight,||
so I won't complain if you continue doing the Offensive UFRs. However, I would understand it if your duties with the defensive UFR and as TomVH Jr are too demanding to justify it. This wouldn't be an issue if Brian had an extra Ace up his sleeve.
|1 year 19 weeks ago||Timeouts should have a standard set for them.||
Football gives each team 3 timeouts per half for a total of 6 timeouts for a 60-minute game. IME basketball could have 4 timeouts for each team for 40-minute games. However, anything beyond that would be hard to justify, especially since basketball has a naturally faster tempo than football.
Now what if they further limited timeouts to 2 timeouts/half like football? This might make the last minute of basketball games not take 30 minutes, which isn't unreasonable.
|1 year 19 weeks ago||Ugly, but I'll take it.||
|1 year 19 weeks ago||Excellent...|
|1 year 19 weeks ago||While I can appreciate bliss of this magnitude,||
it was not quite this good since Michigan did lose to MSU. Thus, Brady Hoke can't claim "wins over both rivals" this year. Unless we "beat MSU" by securing a better bowl bid than them, in which case I'll stop being a buzzkill.
|1 year 19 weeks ago||Misopogon forever.||
Seth will always be Misopogon in my heart, for the same reason that Lloyd Brady will never be able to live up to the legend if his identity is revealed.
|1 year 19 weeks ago||League of Legends.||
League of Legends. Getting pretty good with Rammus.
|1 year 19 weeks ago||Old point system was better.||
The current system is designed to moderate the content, while the old system was designed to moderate the users. Moderating the content should work in theory, but the issue comes with determining how many downvotes are required to collapse a post. Then, when a post gets collapsed, there should be no incentive to read the collapsed post because that's the whole point of having this system. This means the current system has 2 problems with it:
--The threshold to collapse a post is too low, even for people with good (2) karma.
--After a post was collapsed, readers have 2 reasons to read the collapsed post anyway; to make sense of any replies to said collapsed post, and to judge if the post was rightfully collapsed (often; this wasn't the case as given by the low threshold).
To fix the current system, the threshold to collapse a post needs to require more downvotes to ensure enough readers want it collapsed (I actually think a dynamic threshold would work best), and, once a post gets collapsed, it should be unreadable to anyone, along with all posts that replied to it. If this is too difficult to enact, going away from the current system would also work.
OTOH, the old point system gave users an incentive to add something useful and/or worth reading to the board/comments in that they could amass enough points to unlock additional privileges on the website. The downside to this system is that unpopular material was often viewed as inappropriate material and downvoted instead of refuted, and point inflation due to unnecessary posbang threads. While these was a real problem, the point of self-moderation is such that neutral parties or people in agreement with the negged user can act to prevent wrongful negging. Thus, a giant negbomb shouldn't be the result of "I disagree" unless it showcases user ignorance.
The only way I can see to completely prevent wrongful negging and useless point inflation is through moderator interference such as removing all point swings from a thread or removing and penalizing a user for starting posbang threads. Also, negs have to be free.
|1 year 19 weeks ago||(No subject)||
|1 year 19 weeks ago||Hoke was hired on 1/11/11||
because that date maximizes the number of digits that look like Hoke's pointing finger...
...and Dave Brandon didn't want to wait until 11/11/11.
|1 year 19 weeks ago||Posbang you say?||
Chuck Norris approves.